Posts Tagged ‘Kiefer’

Roland Garros T-11 days

May 16, 2008

There are 8 players left in Hamburg and 11 days to another grand slam tournament. What are we seeing?

First of all there are two heros in Hamburg. Montanes is not used to being in QFs of Masters. Better yet, he has not dropped a set yet. Interesting to see if he has a chance against Djokovic. Moya-Nadal is also a classic. Nadal looked far better yesterday and seems to have found the autopilot button. And then there is a NO-seed QF. Local hero Kiefer took out Davydenko in straight sets and Andreas Seppi bageled Monaco. This is without a doubt an important match for both players and might be the one to watch. Last, but not LEAST, Federer-Verdasco. Both players looked far better than they have done so far this year and seem to be on a roll. Verdasco did not play GREAT tennis, but beating Ferrer in straight sets is not bad. Federer on the other hand played one of his best matches this year. He hit 24 winners and only 10 unforced. That’s GOOD on clay for him.

So who will advance?
Federer surely will
Kiefer should be able to get his home crowd to cheer him into a SF.
Nadal should be quick against Moya
Djokovic shouldn’t get too much trouble against Montanes

Conclusion: Federer will be in the final, unless Kiefer is able to pull off an incredible win. The only uncertainty at this point is who will win the other SF? Djokovic or Nadal? I say Nadal….

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Wrapping up

October 20, 2007

Yesterday for a great day for Nalbandian and a pretty horrible day for Madrid! You’d expect Rafa to be smokin’ all opponents off the court, but there was no smokin’ going on in the QF. He lost 6-1, 6-2, which I believe it’s his worst defeat since 2004? Read it somewhere.

I liked the way Nalbandian moved Nadal, but I think Nadal had a very OFF day. Only 3 winner and errors in the 20s, that’s not the same Nadal who dominanted on HC in spring.

AND! To add to that achievement, he took out the always on the roll Djokovic in straight sets to reach the final. Welcome back Nalbandian! He will have to take on Roger for the title, but he has beaten him before. Actually, he is one of few players with a healthy Head2Head stat against Federer. 8-6. He has lost the last 4, but we all remember the Masters Cup final in 2005!
If we have the 2002-2003 Nalbandian back, I think he can threaten the great Roger, but I don’t know if that’s a possible outcome.

I think Federer takes it in three close sets. But I will be cheering for the underdog.

Another ball girl update:
the ball girls wore baby blue today, and as intended, were the center of attention in the Federer- Kiefer match. On two occasions, two ball girls were almost fighting for the ball, and hence took the player’s attentions. Still to skinny to run quickly, but it seems that they handle the balls pretty well.

Only 8 left

October 19, 2007

Federer – Lopez
Kiefer – Gonzalez
Ancic – Djokovic
Nalbandian – Nadal

Federer did his thing yesterday. No problems against Canas, but Canas is still a good player, he just happened to meet a Federer who was prepared to avoid the unforced errors he made in California and Miami.
Nadal impressed me yesterday. He played very good and did not allow Murray to dominate at all. There were rallies where you just felt sorry for Murray. Nadal always had answers, to rips, spins, drops++++
Kiefer is the definite underdog, and he has a great opportunity to make the SF. Gonzalez is not the Gonzalez we saw in AO, but he is far better than in many other HC tournaments this year.
Instead of picking wins, I’m going to weigh the players in a % chance of winning

Federer 98 – Lopez 2
Kiefer 45 – Gonzalez 55
Ancic 49 – Djokovic 51
Nalbandian 20 – Nadal 80

Wawrinka’s early exit

October 16, 2007

Kiefer needed two sets to take Wawrinka down, who in my opinion played some of his absolute best tennis in Vienna with the exception of parts of the final. Maybe he wasn’t 100% on top of his game, I don’t know. But once again, my predicting skills are questionable as I REALLY thought he could do some damage in this tournament.

Don’t wanna state the obvious, but this sport is unpredictable! Just a tiny little bit. It’s almost incredible that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are pretty safe bets these days. At least into SF and F. That’s just painting a very good picture on how dominant they are compared to the rest of the field.

Should also mention that my disapointment continues to increase for Safin as he is three games from defeat against Karlovic. Where did the racket breaking 2000 version of Safin go?